Everton returns to Interboro

Mark Everton is headed back to South Avenue Athletic Complex.

Senior wide receiver Mark Everton has transferred back to Interboro.

Everton had transferred to Cardinal O’Hara after the school year. Statistically one of the top WRs in the county, Everton caught 67 passes for 1,135 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last two years combined.

Everton is the second O’Hara transfer that decided to return from whence they came, as junior lineman Ted Field went back to Garnet Valley last week.




It’s here! Delco Football’s Players to Watch in 2014

NOTE: Names are listed by alphabetical order. This is not a ranking.

REPEAT: THIS IS NOT A RANKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ll update and include new players on the list as the summer goes along. If you have any suggestions, email msmith@delcotimes.com.

Without further ado…

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Upper Darby’s Rucci selected to Blue-Grey All-American Bowl

Upper Darby senior lineman Scott Rucci was recently selected to the 2015 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.

Rucci is one of only 90 competitors from the regional combines (6,750 players nationwide) to receive an invitation.

The 2015 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is an invitation-only, All-Star weekend featuring the top performers from the Blue-Grey Super Combines..  The All-American Bowl will be played Jan. 11 at Raymond James Stadium.




Field returns to Garnet Valley

Ted Field, who initially transferred to Cardinal O’Hara for the 2014-15 school year, has decided to return to Garnet Valley.

The 6-6, 325-pound  junior lineman recently gave his verbal commitment to Rutgers. He started on Garnet Valley’s offensive line as a sophomore.

Philly.com was first to blog about Field’s decision to return to GV.

Football season is almost here and this blog will get busy … I swear

The Daily Times and in particular yours truly are very excited for another season of fun high school football coverage.

That means this place is going to get busy soon.

COMING NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JULY 28 (I swear to you) … The most anticipated preseason list in the country (not really) … Delco Football 2014 Players to Watch list. It’s no longer a Top 25 ranking because, frankly, I don’t need the complaints and the headache. So, it’s not a ranking. Instead, it’s a pretty lengthy list of some of the top players in Delaware County entering 2014.

And, for the first time, I will take suggestions and add to the list as the summer goes along. If you think a player is missing from the list, for whatever reason, please email me at msmith@delcotimes.com. Keep in mind, I HAVE NOT heard back from every coach concerning their team heading into the new season. So, it would be easy for me to leave someone off the list. Try not to leave comments below demanding that Joey Smith Jr. got snubbed and that we have no idea what we’re talking about because we’re stupid reporters. Please, don’t.

Beginning July 28 I will also start rolling out our Season Outlook articles for as many teams as possible.  Here’s what they looked like last year.

Once camp officially gets under way Monday, Aug. 11, our flimsy but hard-working, um, staff of reporters  will be out at every camp and we’ll have reports, quotes, video, etc. from as many teams as possible, as we work diligently on another awesome high school football preview tab that you’ve all come to expect from the Daily Times.

So, sit back and enjoy. I will, too. Well, until I go crazy…


First-year coach Lincoln has big goals for Penn Wood


First-year Penn Wood coach Nick Lincoln, seen here giving a post-practice pep talk to his players, is the former offensive coordinator at Imhotep Charter.

Nick Lincoln threw his hat in the ring late in the hiring process. The beginning of May came and went, and Penn Wood was still in search of its next head coach.

At the time, Lincoln was the offensive coordinator at Imhotep Charter, which is coming off a trip to the PIAA Class AA championship game last December. He fully anticipated staying put at Imhotep for the 2014 season, until one of his colleagues informed him of the vacancy at Penn Wood.

“I didn’t even know about it until mid-May,” Lincoln said. “I got in touch with (Penn Wood athletic director) Rap Curry and, from there, I interviewed and got going.”

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Strus named interim head coach at O’Hara

Cardinal O’Hara has named an interim head coach.

Paul Strus, a longtime and respected member of the late Danny Algeo’s staff, will guide the varsity program in 2014.

The announcement was made in a letter by school president Thomas S.Fertel on the Cardinal O’Hara website.

As to the “practical” matter of football for the upcoming season, we have named Coach Paul Strus as the Interim Head Coach. As I told the players, Coach Strus knows football but, more importantly, he knows O’Hara football. He has a long tenure in coaching – more importantly – in coaching within the Catholic League and at O’Hara and under Coach Algeo. This appreciation for the broader picture – the history, tradition and the intangibles – will provide a consistency that will be needed for the players during what will certainly be an emotional season. I have pledged my full support to him. I know you will do the same. It is the O’Hara way. All In!

Strus has coached special teams for the Lions since 2004.

The position of Head Football Coach will be officially posted at the conclusion of the season – which we hope won’t occur until mid-December! A first-class search committee will be formed to select the next leader of O’Hara football.